Friday, 16 December 2011


The moon is 384,404 km - 239,000 miles or approximately a quarter of a million miles away from our planet , Earth . It is 3,476 km - 2172.5 miles in diameter (0.273 Earth, 1/400 Sun) . Has surface temperatures ranging from 204°C (400°F) to -205° C (-338°F) very hot to very cold . It is a world with no life and has no air .
The purposes for the moon are to illuminate the night sky by reflecting the sun's light , it is a marker for the seasons , it controls the tides which keep the oceans circulating and the seas from stagnating (1) .
BUT , the Moon is receding (moving) away from the Earth at approximately 4cm - 1.5 inches every year . This is due to the friction of the tides slowing down the rotation of the Earth by 0.002 seconds per century and this results in the Earth losing angular momentum (2) which is taken up by the moon causing the moon to recede away from the Earth at the stated rate .
So therefore , if the Moon is receding away from the Earth at this rate it also stands that the Moon and the Earth have been closer together at varying distances during the past up to the present . The Roche limit

Only allows for the Earth and the Moon to have been no closer than approximately 18,400 km -11,500 miles apart at some point in the past ( this does not mean the roche limit was reached ) . This limit , if reached , would result in the Moon being shattered , but the moon is still here , so obviously the Moon and the Earth have never been this close together . But , let us for a moment allow the Earth and Moon to pass the Roche limit and start out touching one another . The calculations , if this was the starting point for the Moon in its recession away from the Earth , would demonstrate it would only take the moon 1.37 Billion years to reach its present position in the night sky (3). BUT that leaves us with a HUGE problem , according to evolutionary theory timelines the Moon is supposedly approximately 4.5 Billion years old . This , even being very generous by allowing the Moon to start out touching the Earth , leaves some 3 Billion years of Moon history ( according to evolutionary timelines ) non accountable .
THEREFORE the MAXIMUM AGE of the MOON can only be up to 1.5 BILLION years old and not 4.5 BILLION years old .

(1) Fred Pearce, ‘Catching the tide’, New Scientist 158(2139):38–41, June 20, 1998.
(2) Angular momentum = mvr, the product of mass, velocity and distance, and is always conserved (constant) in an isolated system.
(3) For the technical reader: since tidal forces are inversely proportional to the cube of the distance, the recession rate (dR/dt) is inversely proportional to the sixth power of the distance. So dR/dt = k/R6, where k is a constant = (present speed: 0.04 m/year) x (present distance: 384,400,000 m)6 = 1.29x1050 m7/year. Integrating this differential equation gives the time to move from Ri to Rf as t = 1/7k(Rf7 —Ri7). For Rf = the present distance and Ri = the Roche Limit, t = 1.37 x 109 years. There is no significant difference if Ri = 0, i.e. the earth and moon touching, because of the high recession rate (caused by enormous tides) if the moon is close. See also Don DeYoung, ‘The Earth-Moon System’, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Creationism, Vol. II, pp. 79–84, 1990. 



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